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Colcannon Irish Potatoes
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Colcannon Irish Potatoes

Colcannon is pure traditional Irish comfort food at it’s absolute best. Nothing beats a good Irish potato recipe, especially one that combines those potatoes with lots of garlic, leeks, cabbage and spring onions. This is one traditional Irish dish that will make it back to your family table time and time again.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Whole Food Bellies


  • 2 lbs potatoes of choice washed well and cut into large chunks (I used sierra red because I love the flecks of red skin in the dish)
  • 2 whole cloves of garlic peeled, not minced
  • 4 tbsp good quality butter cubed. Plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large leek white and light green parts only, sliced thinly
  • ½ head cabbage sliced thinly
  • 3 spring onions sliced thinly including the green bits
  • Salt to taste


  • Put the cubed potatoes and whole garlic cloves in a medium pot and cover with cold water by at least an inch. Add 1 tbsp of salt, and bring to a boil. Boil until tender, about 15-20 mins. Once cooked, drain in a colander
  • While potatoes are cooking, heat the avocado oil in a medium saucepan. Once hot, add in the leeks and cabbage and cook until wilted, and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 4 mins. Remove from heat
  • Pop the drained potatoes back into the medium pot, add in the cubed butter, the cooked greens mixture and the chopped spring onions. Mash with a potato masher until really smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste and serve hot with a small indentation in top and a small knob of butter popped in there


Caution: do not chop the potatoes too small or they will turn to watery mush and the result will not be as creamy


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.3g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 7.9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 118mg | Fiber: 8.4g | Sugar: 6.6g